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Small Business Owners Back Jack Ciattarelli for New Jersey Governor

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TRENTON NJ,  NFIB New Jersey PAC, the state’s most influential and effective small business political action committee, today announced its endorsement of businessman and former assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli for governor. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) New Jersey PAC, whose members are New Jersey small business owners, overwhelmingly supported backing Ciattarelli based on his record and platform and will work hard to make the Voice of Small Business heard in this election.

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Leap in Unemployment Taxes will be Final Knockout Punch for Small Businesses

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Trenton NJ,  The state budget approved by the legislature today includes borrowing $4.5 billion and increased taxes on corporations, millionaires, and Health Maintenance Organizations. What’s not in the limelight today is the expected increase in unemployment taxes that will fall on every business next year to pay for the massive number of New Jersians who have filed for unemployment benefits.

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At 25% Capacity Restaurants still Can’t Make a Profit

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Trenton NJ, Small Restaurants in New Jersey learned this morning from Governor Phil Murphy’s tweet that they will be allowed to open on Friday at 25% capacity for indoor dining. NFIB, which represents thousands of small businesses in the state, many of them restaurants, is pleased there is some movement on this issue but hopes if safe, there will be a quick expansion of the capacity limits. The following comments are from NFIB’s State Director in New Jersey, Eileen Kean:

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NJ Small Business Optimism Index Drops in July

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Ridgewood NJ, The latest results from the nations bellwether measurement of its Main Street economy did not have much good news to announce this morning, as states like New Jersey continue to have some businesses not yet reopened and others with highly restricted operations.

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NFIB Survey : 76% of small businesses are negatively impacted by the outbreak of the Coronavirus

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Ridgewood NJ,  The NFIB Research Center released the following data today on the impact Covid-19 has had on small businesses:

The NFIB Research Center’s latest survey on the current impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on small business offers a stark contrast from the survey released 10 days ago. The magnitude of disruption now on the small business sector is profound.

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New Jersey Attempts to Shut Down the Private Enterprise and the GIG Economy

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TRENTON NJ, A Senate bill, S 4204, which is expected to be voted on Thursday in the New Jersey Senate Labor Committee, would drastically alter New Jersey’s legal definition of independent contractors—a change that would hurt free-lance business owners, small subcontractors, and the businesses that contract with those companies. NFIB, a small business association with thousands of members in the state, adamantly opposes this bill and is concerned about the turmoil it would create within the small business community.

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National Federation of Independent Business : U.S. Small-Business Optimism Index Surges by Most Since 1980

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Ridgewood NJ, Small business Optimism soared in December by the most since 1980 as expectations about the economy’s prospects improved dramatically in the aftermath of the Trump election.

The National Federation of Independent Business gauge jumps to 105.8 in month after presidential election and expectations for business conditions are highest since 2002

The National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) index jumped 7.4 points last month to 105.8, the highest since the end of 2004, from 98.4. While seven of the 10 components increased in December, 73 percent of the monthly advance was due to more upbeat views about the outlook for sales and the economy, the Washington-based group said.

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Federation of Independent Businesses: Consumers plan to spend record amounts at small businesses during this year’s Small Business Saturday

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November 18,2016

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New Jersey NJ, Across the country, small businesses and consumers alike are getting excited to support their favorite local, independent businesses on Small Business Saturday, which takes place this year on November 26th. Results from the fifth-annual Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released today by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and American Express, show that more consumers than ever are aware of Small Business Saturday (58% vs. the previous high of 55% in 2015). More than six in ten (62%) consumers who are aware of Small Business Saturday and who plan to shop locally on the day say the main reason they plan to shop at small retailers or eat at independently-owned restaurants is because they value the contributions small businesses make to their community.

“Small Business Saturday reminds consumers of how valuable small businesses are to our communities, and we are incredibly proud to be the founding partner.”

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“Since its inception, Small Business Saturday has brought national attention to supporting the local businesses we love,” said Elizabeth Rutledge, Executive Vice President, Global Advertising & Brand Management at American Express, which founded Small Business Saturday in 2010. “Small Business Saturday reminds consumers of how valuable small businesses are to our communities, and we are incredibly proud to be the founding partner.”

Held annually on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express as a response to small business owners’ most pressing need: getting more customers through their doors, rallying communities to support local businesses and helping kick off a successful holiday sales period.

Planning to Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is

Of consumers who are aware of Small Business Saturday, 89% agree that the day encourages them to Shop Small all year long, not just during the holiday season. Nearly eight in ten (79%) consumers say they are willing to pay slightly more for an item if it is purchased from a small, independently-owned retailer as opposed to online or at a large retailer – on par with last year. And just how much are they planning to spend? Of those who are aware of Small Business Saturday and planning to shop and dine on the day, two-thirds (67%) say that they plan to spend at least $100 at small businesses on Small Business Saturday – a slight increase from 2015 (65%).

Among U.S. consumers, the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey found:

On average, one-third (33%) of their holiday shopping this year is expected to be done at small retailers or restaurants – on par with last year.
76% say they will visit at least one small business as part of their overall holiday shopping, on par with last year.
Additionally, 91% reported that supporting small, independently-owned bars and restaurants is important to them.

“Small businesses across the nation are often run by the friends, family and neighbors that we know so well, so supporting them is not only personal but critical to their success,” said NFIB CEO and President Juanita Duggan. “Partnering with American Express to promote the awareness and importance of shopping small is something we are very proud of, and this year, we look forward to another successful Small Business Saturday.”

Additional findings from the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey include:

63% of consumers who are willing to pay slightly more for an item if purchased from a small, independently-owned retailer as opposed to online or at a large retailer say that in exchange for paying a higher price, they expect better customer service from small, independently-owned businesses.
Nearly half (48%) of consumers who are aware of Small Business Saturday and who plan to Shop Small on the day say they expect to spend more on Small Business Saturday this year than last year – up from 45% in 2015, and the highest amount yet recorded.
Consumers who are aware of Small Business Saturday and who plan to shop on the day say they plan to support many different types of small businesses on the day, including clothing/accessories/shoe stores (45%), restaurants/bars/pubs (41%) and bakeries (39%).

Neighborhood Champions and the Small Business Saturday Coalition Drive Excitement for the Day

Grassroots support for Small Business Saturday is largely driven by Neighborhood Champions, a program of advocates for Small Business Saturday comprised of small businesses, business associations, local Chambers of Commerce and other community organizers who help to rally their neighborhoods on the day. To date, more than 6,400 Neighborhood Champions – an increase of 56% percent from 2015 – have signed up to plan activities and events to draw consumers to commercial districts across the U.S., leading up to and on Small Business Saturday. In fact, 45% of consumers who are aware of Small Business Saturday and who plan to shop say they plan to attend a community event in celebration of the day.

Another important group that drives participation on the day is the Small Business Saturday Coalition. Led by Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), the Small Business Saturday Coalition was created in 2011 to help amplify the Shop Small message. The Coalition is comprised of national, state and local associations that help coordinate Small Business Saturday activities with merchants, consumers and small business owners.

Show Your Love for Small Businesses on Social Media

Each year consumers have made it a tradition to share their Small Business Saturday experiences on social media. This year, consumers and small businesses across the nation are encouraged to show their love for their favorite independent businesses by using the #ShopSmall, #SmallBizSat and #DineSmall hashtags on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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National Federation of Independent Business Endorses Rep. Scott Garrett

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Garrett Proud to Accept NFIB Endorsement

Ridgewood Nj, Garrett for Congress today announces the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB):

“Small businesses have a tremendous impact in the Fifth District, from creating job opportunities to providing goods and services to our community,” said Rep. Scott Garrett. “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the NFIB and I will continue to work to give small businesses the voice they deserve in Washington.”

“Congressman Garrett has consistently stood up for New Jersey small businesses throughout his career,” said NFIB National Political Director Sharon Sussin. “This past Congress, he was with small business owners on every critical vote. He is working to reduce the regulatory burden, lower taxes, and repeal Obamacare. He deserves to be re-elected so he can continue to work for limited government that frees small businesses to succeed.”

Hackettstown Mayor Maria DiGiovanni joined Garrett for a business walk-through in Hackettstown.

“Scott Garrett understands the importance that small businesses play in our community,” said DiGiovanni. “Hackettstown thrives because of our small business community, and we depend on champions in Washington like Scott Garrett who fight for them every day.”

Garrett qualified for an endorsement from the NFIB by achieving a high rating on votes scored in the current Congress. The Congressman earned 100 percent on the 14 votes NFIB has monitored so far. The list of the votes is available here.